When you recall the great (or truly grating) moments in Oscar speechifying, you might think back to Marlon Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather to collect his statuette after winning for The Godfather. Perhaps you might wistfully recall Sally Field screaming “You like me! Right now! You like me!” after winning Best Actress for Places in the Heart. Or maybe your mind immediately drifts to that cringeworthy, car-wreck of an acceptance speech when Vanessa Redgrave stumped for the PLO as she picked up her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Julia.
But chances are good that when you remember the good, the bad and the ugly of Academy Awards gratitude, your brain immediately bounces to the bounty of unforgettable Oscar-speech moments of the past 25-plus years. There have been a lot of memorable moments up on that podium over the last quarter century. Here are 25 of our favorites.—David Fear